This morning, Holly, who cares for her husband, joined me for our monthly discussion on Table Talk. You listen to our show via the player, below.
Holly and I picked up this month where we left off last month: Can you have joy in a tough experience like caregiving? During our conversation, Holly referenced the Abraham Hicks emotional scale, which you see below (thanks so much to ejourneys for finding this):
Holly shared a quote from a book she’s reading, Man’s Search for Meaning, written by Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor: “One could make a victory of those experiences, turning life into an inner triumph, or one could ignore the challenge and simply vegetate, as did a majority of the prisoners.” (Note: I’ve added Man’s Search for Meaning as a pick for our Caregiving Book Club; you can learn more about our picks here and join our group here.)
During our discussion, Holly shared that the journey to joy happens regularly for her. She had many difficult moments lat week, which means she works through her anger and despair to having a moment of joy. During tough moments, when she feels like life will never be better, Holly asks herself three questions:
1. Is it true?
2. What do I want to think about now?
3. What do I want to do now?
Her three questions move her into a healthier perspective and then into action. Often, in the action, she can find her joy.
What do you think about the possibility of joy in your caregiving experience? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.
- Your Vision Board for Your Future (caregiving.com)
- In Six Words, How Do You Define Joy? (caregiving.com)
- How Do You Protect Your Caree’s Privacy As You Seek Support? (caregiving.com)
- How Do You Define Forgiveness? (caregiving.com)
- Making Room for Two Stories: Yours and Your Carees (caregiving.com)
- A Triangle Which Meets Both Needs (caregiving.com)
- Book Club: Find Your Strengths (caregiving.com)